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Guide to the Birge M. Clark Architectural Records and Personal Papers
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Description
The collection has been organized into 4 series. Series 1, Office Files, contains chronological correspondence files, 1921-1979; project files containing correspondence, contracts, financial documents, notes, small-scale drawings, memoranda, and other materials, 1924-1990; and files on administrative matters, articles and talks on Palo Alto's architectural history, and other professional activities. Series 2 consists of photographs and slides of finished projects (homes, schools, municipal buildings, and businesses), 1927-1977. Series 3 contains specifications and some drawings and plans. Series 4, Personal Papers, includes files from architecture classes Clark taught at Stanford containing syllabi, exams, informational materials, lectures, and correspondence, 1950-1972; files from Stanford's Class of 1914 fundraising efforts, 1977-79; copies of his two memoirs, 1971 and 1982; and other miscellaneous papers.
Background
Birge M. Clark earned his A.B. in graphic art at Stanford in 1914 and his degree in architecture at Columbia in 1917. After his service as a balloon observer during World War I, he returned to Palo Alto and began his practice as an architect. He designed many homes and businesses in Palo Alto, including the Post Office, the Community Center, and the Hewlett-Packard plant. His contributions to Stanford's architecture include the Seeley G. Mudd Chemistry Building and the John Stauffer Chemical Laboratories.
Extent
12 Linear feet (29 boxes)